Our current faculty
Errol L. Biggs, PhD
Director, Programs in Health Administration, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Biggs' current research and consulting work addresses governing board issues relating to hospitals and community health needs assessment studies. Dr. Biggs is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a hospital CEO for 12 years.
Heidi Boerstler, PhD
Professor, University of Colorado Denver; PhD Yale University; JD, University of Denver. Dr. Boerstler has been involved in a number of large studies, including reimbursement for nursing home services, quality of care in hospitals, and ethical behavior in corporations. She is currently working with the state of Colorado to develop managed care programs for special populations, including developmentally disabled and chronically mentally ill persons.
C. Marlena Fiol, PhD
Professor of Management, University of Colorado Denver ; PhD University of Illinois. Dr. Fiol teaches the Competitive Strategy course in the Executive Program. She has over 20 years of experience in conducting management seminars and providing management training services. She has worked with large corporations and small, growing organizations to identify their core competencies, clarify market demands, develop strategic directions, and implement the tactics required to compete successfully in changing markets. Dr. Fiol has extensive experience in areas of cross-cultural relations and globalization, with particular emphasis on Latin American business practices.
Richard W. Foster, PhD
Professor, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, University of Chicago. Dr. Foster teaches the Health Economics course for the Executive Program. His major current interest is extending the theory of corporate finance to the nonprofit setting. Dr. Foster has published several monographs and articles on hospital expenses, hospital financial structure, and competition and regulation.
Blair Gifford, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, University of Chicago. Dr. Gifford teaches the International Health elective course for the Executive Program. He is also the Director of the MS in Health Administration. Dr. Gifford's areas of research include access to health care, health services delivery, strategic human resources management, and international health reform policy.
Diane M. Howard, PhD
PhD, FACHE, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Management, Rush University, Chicago, IL. Director of Allied Health Professions. She teaches The Healthcare System course for the Executive Program.
Leland R. Kaiser, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, University of Denver. As president of Kaiser and Associates, Dr. Kaiser is a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant as well as a prolific author. He lectures in the Transformational Leadership elective course.
Roger Kropf, PhD
Professor of Health Administration, New York University; PhD Syracuse University. Dr. Kropf teaches the Management Information Systems course for the Executive Program. He also teaches courses on strategic planning, and marketing at NYU. One of his principal interests is in helping health care professionals to use strategic planning and management information systems to achieve their organizations' goals and objectives, which is the subject of his book Service Excellence in Health Care through the Use of Computers (American College of Health-Care Executives, 1990). His articles have been published in a wide range of journals, including Hospital and Health Services Administration, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Social Science and Medicine, Health Care Management Review, Administrative Radiology, and Radiology Management.
Edward J. O'Connor, PhD
Professor, University of Colorado Denver; MBA, Harvard Business School; PhD, University of Akron. Dr. O'Connor has provided services to hospitals, group practices, health plans, and integrated systems in areas that include change management, visionary leadership, conflict resolution, team effectiveness, governance, and entrepreneurship. In addition to holding management positions with General Electric and providing consulting services for diverse organizations, he has personally engaged in several entrepreneurial business ventures. He has also served on Business and Psychology faculties at the Universities of Georgia, Tennessee and Texas as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research interests include change management, power, entrepreneurship and the dis-integration of mergers/alliances.
Martha G. Pilcher, PhD
Senior Lecturer, University of Washington; PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pilcher teaches the Quantitative Methods course in the Executive Program. Her areas of interest include statistics and methodology for comparing heuristics, test problem generation, and vehicle routing.
Eugene S. Schneller, PhD
Counselor to the President for Health Professions Education; Professor of Health Administration and Policy, Arizona State University; Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, the University of Arizona; PhD, Sociology, New York University. Professor Schneller has held faculty positions in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center, the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Administration and Management at Union College (Schenectady, NY), and the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at the Albany Medical College. His current research interests include health care system reform in the United States, management reform in the British National Health Service, public relations in hospitals, health manpower development, careers, and the physician executive. He was Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Western Network for Education in Health Administration. He teaches Medical Care Organization for the Executive Program in Health Administration and the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management course.
Lee F. Seidel, PhD
Professor, University of New Hampshire, PhD Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Seidel has authored books in the areas of strategic management and management methods and articles in the area of health services management education. He is a former Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Seidel teaches the Executive Program's course on the Management of Health Care Institutions, the capstone course used to integrate other courses in the curriculum.
Dean G. Smith, PhD
Professor, University of Michigan, PhD Texas A& M University. Professor Smith teaches courses in finance, managed care, and outcomes research. He is a Co-Director of the UM-Pfizer Fellowship in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and Co-Director of the UM-Ortho Biotech Fellowship in Outcomes Research. He is also the Director for Outcomes Research in the University of Michigan’s Center for Clinical Investigation and Therapeutics (CCIT) Biostatistics and Outcomes Research Core.
His research interest and projects include costs of pharmaceutical use in clinical trials, financial management practices and techniques, health plan operations, and risk management. Dr. Smith teaches Pharmacoeconomics and The Healthcare Industry and Role of the Pharmaceutical Industry courses in the Executive Program.
Dennis Stillman, MHA
Senior Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health. Mr. Stillman is the Associate Program Director of the Master of Health Administration Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dennis has practiced health administration for 25 years, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Washington Medical Center. Mr. Stillman teaches the Management Accounting course in the Executive Program.
Leah J. Vriesman, PhD
MBA Assistant Director, Executive MPH Program, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Vriesman is President of Excel Research, LLC, a healthcare management and policy-consulting firm in Boulder, CO. Specializing in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Excel Research primarily conducts outcomes research, economic studies, and market trend analyses. Dr. Vriesman is currently serving as an industry advisor to the regional chapter of a large not-for-profit healthcare organization, and to a federal congressional candidate. She also works with a firm that develops public health plans using tobacco settlement monies for multiple states.
Frederick J. Wenzel, MBA
Faculty, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, University of Colorado Graduate School of Business, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, Texas Tech University Graduate School of Business and School of Medicine; Advisor to the President, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin; MBA, University of Chicago. Mr. Wenzel's academic field of specialization is health care organization governance, management, and strategic planning. He is the instructor of the Ambulatory Care electives.
Jack Wheeler, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Management and Policy, University of Michigan; PhD, University of Michigan. Dr. Wheeler teaches management accounting and corporate finance for health care managers at the University of Michigan. His research interest is in the relationship between financing sources and the behavior of the health care firm. He teaches Financial Management in Health Care Organizations in the Executive Program.
R. Keith Wilson MD, MS(Pharm.), MSHA
Dr. Wilson teaches the course on Managing Healthcare Outcomes. He is currently in medical management with interest in applying quality improvement techniques in a multispecialty clinic setting. He has several publications in areas of both clinical and administrative medicine.
Daryl Winn, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Colorado at Boulder; PhD, University of Michigan. Dr. Winn teaches managerial economics, antitrust, government regulation, and macroeconomic policy. He teaches economics in several executive education programs in natural gas, banking, health care, and for the Chamber of Commerce. He has published a book and numerous articles on profit measurement, public policies toward business, corporate governance, and executive compensation. Dr. Winn teaches the introductory Microeconomics course for the program.